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What is the link between fibromyalgia and depression?

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The stress from fibromyalgia's pain and fatigue can cause anxiety and social isolation. The chronic deep muscle and tender point pain can result in less activity. That causes you to become more withdrawn and can also lead to depression. It is also possible that anxiety and depression are part of fibromyalgia, just like the pain.

Depression and fibromyalgia can greatly interfere with the way you manage your activities at home or at work. So it is important to openly discuss any symptoms of depression you have with your doctors.

From: Fibromyalgia and Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Society: "What Causes Fibromyalgia?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

American Heart Association.

Gracely, RH.   2012   , Pain Res Treat

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Society: "What Causes Fibromyalgia?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

American Heart Association.

Gracely, RH.   2012   , Pain Res Treat

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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